Here are some of the best scabies home remedies and advice to help you clear up the rash and stop itching as soon as possible.
Scabies is a parasitic infection in the skin that causes large rashes and tremendous itching. It is often referred to as the “Seven Year Itch”, and is highly contagious. One can get scabies just by shaking hands with another person who may have the parasite.
However, most first cases of scabies don't appear until four to six weeks after contact. People who have had it before may notice the signs within a day or two. Scabies infects both humans and animals, and can be difficult to treat. It is caused by a parasitical mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, a small mite that is from the family of “scab mites” that burrow in the skin to lay their eggs and feed off of live blood.
Scabies mites can live in the environment, ones home, and within pets and other people, making it a difficult parasite to get rid of. These mites are too tiny to see with the naked eye, causing some people to think that the rashes are caused by a fungal infection or poor hygiene.
Scabies should never be left untreated as they can worsen quickly and spread all over the body.
The first thing you should do at home is become slightly obsessive about washing everything. Gather up your clothes, your towels, your bedding, and your pets bedding and toys, and wash them with hot water.
It is a good idea to also throw in a half cup of bleach or two tablespoons of tea tree oil to the load once the water has filled to completely eliminate all mites and their eggs. Then, be sure to dry the items on high heat instead of hang drying. Once your items are completely cleaned and dried, bag up any items you plan to use later and completely seal them. This will prevent the mites from living in them.
Secondly, start vacuuming often and well. Go over all of your carpets, your upholstery, and even inside your car.
If you can, spend some time with a carpet washer as well. Try to vacuum as often as you can possibly stand and wash your carpeting at least once per month, preferably twice. The more you can do early on during treatment, the more effective and quick the recovery will be.
Neem oil is one of the best scabies home remedies. It is safe on your skin and very effective at killing the parasites and stopping their reproductive cycle. You can apply the essential oil directly to your skin each day to treat it. Neem oil can also be added to liquid soap, or bar soap if you make it yourself.
You might also try adding neem oil to a bottle of unscented lotion and applying twice per day. This will help the parasite killing agent to stay on your skin and clear you up within a week.